13 Oct 2017

Newsletter #8

Beacon Hill School latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.


Principal’s Words
Important Dates
Around BHS
PTA News
ESF News
Other News


Dear Parents,


It has been wonderful to see everyone back at school this week after what I hope was a restful holiday last week.


This morning we were treated to a fabulous ‘Diwali’ assembly by 2A. They informed and entertained us through their sharing of the traditions and stories of Diwali. Thank you to some of our Year 4 to 6 children who also performed. The assembly was made even more special with everyone in school dressed in bright colours to jointly celebrate Diwali and in support of the Hong Kong Community Chest Dress Casual Day. Thank you to Mrs Detaramani and the other adults who helped the students, the parents for your support for the children and to those members of staff who volunteered to take part in the dancing!


Giving Back to our Community: Colours Day

We are still amazed at the response from the community towards our fundraising project that took place in the week prior to the half-term holiday. This week children have been bringing their collected sponsorship money. As of today we have raised a staggering HK$151,000!!

If there is any money that has not been brought in please send it in with your child next week so we can calculate our grand total.


Language Clubs at BHS

We are very fortunate at BHS in that we have an amazing parent community. This extends to groups of dedicated parents who work together and with the support of ESF to offer language clubs to support our students whose mother tongue is Japanese, Korean or Chinese (Mandarin). The newest addition is the Mandarin club which takes place on Monday lunchtimes. The session is open to all students who would benefit from this and they need to speak with their class teacher if they wish to take part.



Parent Information Evenings Offered This Term

Please look out for emails asking you to sign up for these.


Student Achievement Beyond School

Congratulations to Hill (2A) who won the outstanding award in “Father and Mother I Love you T-Shirt Design 2017” Competition. She also won a silver award in a drawing competition of “Be Yourself” – Asia Pacific Region 2017.

This is her designed T shirt and her medals.





BHS / ESF 50th Anniversary

Many of you have signed up for the various running races on October 22nd – I look forward to seeing you there. Even if you haven’t registered for any of the races you are very welcome to join in the fun in Central that morning as there will be various performances and games stalls including our very own BHS and Community Choirs!


ESF is organising a 50th Anniversary Golf Day on 4th November 2017 at Nansha Golf Club (China). The event is open to all teachers, support staff, parents, alumni and friends. For more information please contact Mr Steven Szeto – steven.szeto@esfcentre.edu.hk


Community Choir

Our BHS Community Choir began again this week on Thursday. Please sign up if you would like to come along. The evenings are fun and casual and no prior singing or performing experience is necessary.




The Year Group Weekly Updates and Single Subject Monthly Updates are available on the school website – so please remember to refer to the website or our app (https://www.beaconhill.edu.hk/mobile-app/ ) each week to learn about what is happening in your child’s class.


A reminder that school is closed next Friday 20th October for the ESF-wide Continuous Professional Development Day.




James Harrison

School Photographs 23rd – 24th October 2017

Our school photographer will be in Beacon Hill on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October.  All children should come to school in their school uniform on these days.  If your child has PE on Monday or Tuesday then please make sure that they bring their PE kit to school and they will be able to change at school.


Siblings Photographs

For those of you who have more than one child at Beacon Hill the siblings photographs will be taken on Friday 27th October. If you would like a sibling photograph then please click on the link below and fill in the online form to book a space.



If you have any questions then please email Mr. Pheasant: chad.pheasant@bhs.edu.hk


Chad Pheasant
Vice Principal

Green Team

One Child, One Flower

Our Green Team has now distributed out this year’s plant and so each child should have received their very own Yellow Alder flower yesterday. Please follow the instructions on this flyer to look after it. I recommend you repot very soon, you may want to re-use an old container for it’s new pot, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Good luck! I can’t wait to see your pictures.

Jane Faragó
Environmental Officer

Mother Tongue Story Telling and Mother Tongue Book Donations

Last year a group of parents read stories in their mother tongue to our students on a Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime.  The students and parents had a wonderful time sharing stories in their language.  If you are interested and have the time please click here to sign up.  Any time that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

We would also like to increase the range of books we have in the range of languages we have spoken within a community at school.  If you have a book that you would like to donate, gently used or new, please ask your child to hand in to the school office.


If you have any questions or some ideas on how to promote your Mother Tongue please get in contact with me via email, andy.thompson@bhs.edu.hk


Andy Thompson
Vice Principal

John Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth – Year 3-6 Parent Information Evening

Dear Parents,


Greetings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth! As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide by offering above-grade level testing to students in grades 2 through 8 (years 3 through 9). For qualified advanced students, CTY offers challenging summer and online courses as well as family academic programs.


CTY is hosting an upcoming information session at Beacon Hill School (BHS). The schedule is below:


Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: BHS Main Hall
RSVP: https://centerfortalentedyouth.formstack.com/forms/2017_18_info_session_bhs_rsvp

(on or before Friday, October 27)


During the session, we will provide information about assessments, CTY summer and online programs, including their benefits to students and admission requirements. We look forward to seeing you!


Best regards,

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
T: HK–(852) 3104-3494 | CN–(86) 15507574758
Susan Chung
Vice Principal

Uniform Shop

Winter Uniform pre-order forms were distributed to all Y1 and new students on 27 Sep 2017.  Most orders have been processed and sent directly to classrooms. For remaining students, forms are available in the foyer.

To expedite orders please submit as soon as possible and ensure the correct total is written on cheques, with name, class and tel no. on the back.  Please also include $0.5 for the plastic bag levy so we can package up your order.

Samples of all sizes are available to view outside the uniform shop.


From 23 October the Uniform shop shall open  at its normal hours:

Mornings : Mon – Fri, except Tue 8:15-9:15

Afternoons : Mon and Fri only 2:45-3:15



A huge thanks to those who attended our AGM.  Great to see some enthusiastic new members and look forward to working with you.









Viral Exanthem

We would like to inform you of the fact that one student is diagnosed with Viral Exanthem.

  • The child presented with an itchy rash on his arms and legs together with a flushed face.

He is resting at home and will return to school as per doctor’s advice.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Also, one student was diagnosed with this disease during the half term holiday and is still resting at home.

  • The child experienced high fever then and now with mouth ulcers.

Other symptoms of HFMD may include sore throat and skin rash with vesicles on hands and feet.


When a child shows a skin rash, itchy or not, and if you are in doubt about what the rash is, please seek prompt medical advice, receive prescribed treatment (if applicable) and to rest at home until s/he fully recovers.


Please closely monitor other children in the family.

Always Keep Hands Clean.


Thank you.

Ms Chen

Disclaimer: Beacon Hill School and the English School Foundation do not recommend or endorse any external events in this newsletter. There is no contractual arrangement between BHS/ESF and the event organisers.